Abby is a Vancouver-based dance artist, originally from Saskatchewan. Growing up training at Dance Innovations in Yorkton, SK she participated in and completed many ADAPT Jazz and Tap exams and RAD Ballet exams. Abby is grateful she has been able to train and perform locally and internationally.
She was a part of Western Canada’s 2014 Tap Team and competed in IDO’s World Tap Championships in Riesa,
Germany. Abby moved to Vancouver in 2015 to train with The Source Dance Company (directed by Joanne Pesusich) and during that time she also apprenticed in Heather Laura Gray’s ‘The Tunnel’ full-length contemporary dance theatre piece and presented and performed her own choreography in Source’s ‘Fairytales, Fables & Folklore’ show.
After completing 2 years with The Source, Abby moved to New York City to train as a part of Broadway Dance Centre’s International Student Visa Program. She learned from artists such as Cat Cogliandro, Hayden J Frederick, Emily Greenwell and Val ‘Ms Vee’ Ho, and perform in a piece by Nijawwon Matthews in BDC’s Student Showcase. While in New York City Abby also participated in the Movement Invention Project’s summer intensive and worked closely with Francesca Harper, Jeff Docimo, and Stephanie Batten Bland as well as other MIP faculty. Shortly after that she returned to Vancouver and found her place training with Modus Operandi, directed by Tiffany Tregarthen, David Raymond, and Kate Franklin.
Most recently, Abby was a dancer in Sydney Kwan’s ‘Hear Me’ music video (directed by Tamara Black and choreographed by Chanel Lacasse), showcased her short dance film ‘Summer Wind’ in MO’s Sunset Screening, choreographed for The Source Dance Company’s ‘What Happens in Vegas’ show and performed with Modus Operandi at various festivals such as Dance in Vancouver and Vancouver International Dance Festival. Abby moves gracefully from commercial to contemporary work, doing all and everything in between with tenacity, curiosity and spirit and is so excited to start a new adventure as part of the Shift team!